Dream meaning of harp

To hear the sad sweet strains of a harp, denotes the sad ending to what seems a pleasing and profitable enterprise.

To see a broken harp, betokens illness, or broken troth between lovers.

To play a harp yourself, signifies that your nature is too trusting, and you should be more careful in placing your confidence as well as love matters.


Equated with the white horse and the mystic ladder. It acts as a bridge between heaven and earth. This is why, in the Edda, heroes express their desire to have a harp buried with them in their grave, so as to facilitate their access to the other world.

There is also a close connexion between the harp and the swan. It might also be regarded as a symbol of the tension inherent in the strings with its striving towards love and the supernatural world, a situation of stress which crucifies man in every moment of the anguished expectation of his earthly life. This would explain the detail of Bosch’s Garden of Delights, where a human figure hangs crucified on the strings of a harp.

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  1. The Complete Guide to Interpreting Your Dreams » Stearn Robinson & Tom Corbett April 10, 2022 at 8:45 am

    All pleasant musical sounds are favorable dreams; however if a string broke or there was a sudden discord or stoppage, it signifies that you will have to demonstrate your ability to ride out a period of difficult times.

  2. Complete Dictionary of Dreams » Dr. Michael Lennox April 13, 2022 at 6:33 pm

    All musical instruments relate to passionate expression, though the harp is very ethereal in nature. If a harp is featured in your dream, you may be expressing a need to be more aspirational and connect to higher callings. The harp is also connected to the notion of heaven, and there may be a connection to spiritual ascension reflected in a dream with a harp in it.

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